Calligraphy Qalam: An Introduction to Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Calligraphy uses interactive tools to interest new audiences in the traditional art forms of Arabic, Ottoman and Persian calligraphy.

This inkwell is from Iran, and is carved out of wood. Calligraphers hold their pen with their right hand and dip it into the inkwell, which is held between the fingers of their left hand.

Iran. 21st century. Courtesy of Pantea Tofangchi.

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